FES is committed to social justice. There are many opportunities for students to get involved in promoting equity in the daily life of the Faculty: becoming a student representative on governing committees; participating in workshops organized by Teaching Development Graduate Assistants and the Centre for the Support of Teaching; joining pan-university efforts toward more equitable practices through campus organizations, unions, and the Senate Committees on Equity, Teaching and Learning, Recruitment and Admissions, and Research; organizing seminars and workshops within the Faculty to address equity issues.
At a personal level, MES students have the responsibility and opportunity to design their own plans of study, and to incorporate diversity and equity concerns into the substantive content as well as the methodological approaches to their studies. Consider the following questions: How does the framing of an area of concentration reflect the histories, experiences, and issues of groups marginalized by disabilities, sexual and gender diversity, Aboriginal identity, class and poverty, race and ethnicity, and gender? Are there ways that students can challenge dominant modes of analysis or privileged practices by bringing in alternative perspectives on environmental and social issues? How can students integrate other ways of knowing, learning, and communicating into their learning strategies? What forms of communication (verbal, visual, performative, etc) would be most appropriate for the area of interest, audience, and intent of the student’s studies?
If a student needs special support in assignment and assessment procedures to accommodate any particular disabilities or needs based on socio-economic status, sexual and gender diversity, Aboriginal identity, race, ethnicity, religion, s/he should talk to his/her academic advisor and course directors. Faculty are required to accommodate any student who is a registered client of The Office for Persons with Disabilities (OPD). The Office for Persons with Disabilities provides information, support, and advocacy on behalf of students, staff, and faculty with mobility, hearing, visual, and invisible disabilities. For more information, see http://www.yorku.ca/cds.